Sunderland sees 27% drop in road injuries

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COUNCIL bosses have welcome figures which reveal the number of people injured on the city’s roads has dropped by more than a quarter.

A report from the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain showed 793 people were hurt last year – down 27 per cent from 2012.

Of those, three people were killed and 67 suffered a serious injury.

Meanwhile, across the country, the number of road deaths dropped by two per cent compared to 2012 – the lowest figures since records began in 1926.

Coun Michael Mordey, portfolio holder for city services, Sunderland City Council, said: “Any reduction in casualties is to be welcomed.

“The number of casualties year on year has remained similar but a key indicator of road safety is normally that of the number of serious casualties, and in Sunderland, we have seen a pleasing reduction from the previous year.

“Looking at the figures, it is good to see that the number of cyclist casualties are falling again, which encourages us to maintain the introduction of cycle measures on our roads, at junctions and at schools.

“Pedestrian casualties are down, child casualties are slightly up but down on 2011. There is, though, no room for complacency.

“We are working with our partners to learn what we can from the causes and trends in order to ensure we reduce accidents further.”